This week's Top 7 intriguing job openings


If you're in the market for a new 9-to-5 (and nearly 15 million of you are), you might be interested in the seven most intriguing job openings we uncovered this week. You could turn an online obsession into a real-life paycheck or get back to nature with temporary employment, among other opportunities in locations stretching from Santa Monica, Calif., to Altamonte, Fla.

1. Sheepherder
Employer: Department of Workforce Services
Wages/salary: $750 per month.
Details: Tend flock of grazing sheep; prevent animals from wandering or becoming lost; use trained dogs to round up strays; prevent animals from eating poisonous plants. Three months experience required.
Location: Vernal, Utah, (pop. 7,714, median family income $34,453) is the birthplace of academic Gordon Gee, whose presidency at five US universities (West Virginia University, University of Colorado, twice at Ohio State University, Brown University, and Vanderbilt University) is the most of any American.

2. Ski Valet
Employer: Snake River Lodge and Spa.
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Store guest’s skis, poles, snowboards and other related equipment. Provide information to guests on hotel and ski slopes. Work from mid-December 2009 through March 2010.
Location: Jackson, Wyo., (pop. 8,647, median family income $53,915) is a popular tourist destination for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, particularly in the fall months when bugling elk and foraging bears are spotted on tourist outings.

3. Promotions Field Tech
Employer: Univision Radio
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Entertain a crowd in public with games, music and trivia. This position is responsible for the execution of instant wins, special events, and client remotes. The field tech must maintain vehicles stocked at all times with prize premiums. Must speak English and Spanish.
Location: Glendale, Calif., (pop. 194,973, median family income $47,633) is the burial place of pop legend Michael Jackson and one-time home to 2 Fast 2 Furious starlet Eva Mendes, who worked at Hot Dogs on a Stick at Glendale Galleria Mall before breaking into the film industry.

4. Client Services Advocate
Employer: Activision
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Make sure the world gets their World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, and Call of Duty games on time. Process orders and returns while supporting regional and corporate sales personnel. A bachelor’s degree and 2 years of customer service experience is preferred.
Location: Santa Monica, Calif., (pop. 84,084, median family income $75,989) is home to the 100-year old Santa Monica Pier, which includes restaurants, thrill rides, and street performers.

5. Deejays and On-Air Personalities
Employer: Not listed
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Hip hop, rock, R&B and Dance hall music. Work 3 hours per day from home.
Location: Altamonte Springs, Fla., (pop. 28,740, median family income $49,082) is 45 percent Catholic.

6. Hawker – In-Seat Vending
Employer: FC Dallas – T.E.A.M. Pizza Hut Park
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Display items, collect payment and make correct change selling merchandise during games for Major League Soccer professional club FC Dallas. Must be able to carry up to 40 lbs. up and down stairs up to 50 times per shift.
Location: Frisco, Texas (pop. 33,714, median family income $84,150) began as a stop on the Preston Trail but was moved four miles once the St. Louis-San Francisco railway came through in 1902 and needed watering holes. Residents used logs to move their homes to the new hub.

7. Creative Writer
Employer: Universal Music Group
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Looking for an experienced writer for a 4-6 month temporary assignment who has the ability to create sharp, witty and snarky trivia questions related to music for a mobile trivia game. A bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of professional writing experience are required.
Location: Universal City, Calif., is the residential home to none but the commercial home of NBC studios, including Universal Studios Hollywood. The property is largely encircled by the city of Los Angeles.

David Grant is a Monitor contributor. For last week's offbeat listings, click here.

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